5 Ways to Fix the 0-3 New York Giants
0-3 New York Giants: 5 Ways to Fix it
The New York Giants have gotten off to a terrible start this season as their current record is 0-3. The shocking thing is that people are now considering the Giants as the worst team in New York.
Heading into the season, the New York Jets were supposed to be the worst team in New York. However, the Jets have gotten off to a good start with a 2-1 record, leading to many fans perceiving the Giants as the worst team in New York.
There are many people at fault for the Giants’ horrific start, but it is a team game. The Giants' coaching staff and players share responsibility in the team’s terrible start.
In the NFC East, the Giants share last place with the Washington Redskins. Nearly everything that could have gone wrong for them has gone wrong.
Despite the Giants’ terrible start, the good news is that it is only Week 3. They can turn it around, but it will take a lot of work.
Opposing teams have exposed many of their weaknesses this season, and head coach Tom Coughlin and the rest of the coaching staff will try to fix that this upcoming week.
The Giants do have some key players from their Super Bowl victories in the 2000s. They include quarterback Eli Manning, running back Brandon Jacobs, and defensive end Justin Tuck.
Five of the 161 teams that have started a regular season with a 0-3 record since 1978 have made the playoffs, according to foxsports.com. The Giants can be the sixth team if they fix up five crucial aspects.
5. Leave Tom Coughlin Alone
Almost every season since the New York Giants hired Tom Coughlin to be their head coach in 2004, the media assumes that he is in the ‘hot seat.’
The media has asked him ridiculous questions to see if he feels any pressure or fears for his job security.
Coughlin has shown that he is a proven winner with the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 68-60 record from 1995-2002, and owns a 83-64 record with the Giants.
He fixed running back Tiki Barber’s ‘fumbilitis’ and led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories.
The best thing for people to do is to leave Coughlin alone so he can concentrate on trying to fix the team.
4. New Run Defense and Blitzing Schemes
Despite having two phenomenal defenders in Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, the New York Giants have struggled to stop the run and pressure the quarterback.
The Giants need to come up with a new run defense scheme because their current one is not working. They have given up the 27th-most rushing yards per game at 129.3.
They also need to create a new blitzing scheme because the Giants have only sacked the quarterback three times this season, ranked 31st.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and head coach Tom Coughlin should try to come up with new blitzing schemes and deceptions in order to allow the defensive front-seven to get more pressure on the quarterback and prevent long runs.
3. Take Some Pressure Off Eli
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown 114 passes this season, which ranks him in a tie for 12th.
It would be higher, but he threw only 23 passes against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. He had thrown 91 passes the first two weeks.
Manning has had to carry the offense on a weekly basis because of the terrible running attack. This has led to him throwing only five touchdown passes, eight interceptions and getting sacked 11 times.
The Giants need to try to get running back David Wilson performing like he did last season so Manning does not have to try to carry the offense every week.
2. New Offensive Line Schemes
Opposing defenses have sacked New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning 11 times this season, tied for second-most.
The offensive line needs to do a much better job of protecting Manning from sacks and pressure. On Sunday alone, the Carolina Panthers recorded seven sacks.
The Giants’ offensive line also needs a better job of creating running lanes for running back David Wilson.
According to footballoutsiders.com, the Giants have averaged less than a yard per carry when the running back tries to run behind the left and right guards. No running back has a chance to gain positive yards if they cannot get out of the backfield.
The Giants’ coaching staff needs to formulate a zone-blocking scheme that will allow Manning more time in the pocket and more running room for Wilson.
1. Have Tiki Barber Help David Wilson
Prior to Tom Coughlin being named the New York Giants’ head coach in 2004, running back Tiki Barber had a ‘fumbilitis’ reputation.
From 1997-2003, Barber lost 15 fumbles. From 2004 until Barber retired in 2006, he lost only four fumbles. Barber has obviously learned a lot from Coughlin as he finished his career with 10,449 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns.
David Wilson has a ‘fumbilitis’ reputation now, as he has lost two fumbles already this season. Wilson needs a lot of help in holding onto the ball while maintaining his explosive speed, as he has 25 rushes for only 75 yards.
Coughlin should bring Barber in so he can teach Wilson about ball security. Barber could help Wilson get back to his very good play from last season (96 carries for 433 yards and five total touchdowns).